Some of the most important and influential figures of the Middle Ages were the big city bishops who ministered to rich and poor alike. But how did they tend to such a large and diverse flock? This week, Danièle speaks with Lesley Smith about William of Auvergne, the thirteenth-century upstart bishop of Paris who shaped a royal saint, changed the university forever, and gently guided the lives of ordinary Parisians with wit and compassion.
Lesley Smith is Professor of Medieval Intellectual History at Harris Manchester College of the University of Oxford. Click here to view Lesley’s university webpage.
Her book, Fragments of a World: William of Auvergne and His Medieval Life, is published by the University of Chicago Press.